This is my first post here and I'm hoping that you guys can help me. I used to train for over 12 years in German Ju-Jutsu, guess where... in Germany lol. Now I am in the UK I am trying desperately to find a club that teaches the same style or something very similar, where I can continue grading (I am a 2. Kyu just before grading for 1. Kyu) and developing. However, I am getting the impression that over here in England every club has their own syllabus, their own belt system, styles etc. and it would appear that the few clubs in my area all teach some sort of "traditional" Ju-Jitsu, the belt system itself gives that away (there is no purple in German Jujitsu and half belts/bars are just for children) and the fact that there are katas. Also I find often these clubs teach kind of a... "soft/slow/wishywashy" way execution of techniques, with that I don't mean that we hurt the partner, not at all, but I mean that when you execute a strike, you do it like you mean it, like you would if someone actually attacked you (without touching your partner or course), you do it with power. Sometimes, when I see some people practicing, it's like they're doing it half-arsed and in slow motion and then I already lose faith in the club and the teachers.
What I would like my ideal Ju-Jitsu club to teach would be a modern version focusing on self-defense, with strikes, punches, kicks etc (atemi), throws (although I am not such a big fan of them lol) and chokes, holds and bars. A combination of everything, quite literally, but with a heavy focus on street and self defense and weapon defense. A big element in my club always used to be light sparring and self-defense against one or more attackers with and without weapons with announced and unannounced attacks.
Anyway... am I looking for something that simply doesn't exist over here?